By Dave Franklin
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
To be fair, this is not the first story about writers murdering internet book reviewers... let's hope that doesn't become a habit. There is also The E-Book Murders but that reads more like a treatment for a TV pilot. Neither book is very well written. I give Mr. Franklin credit for tackling the idea which is indeed ripe for satire and the novella does has its amusing moments. Yet as satire, his attempt doesn't ring all that true. His preference for the poor writer is obvious which makes the tale read like a revenge fantasy. And revenge fantasies are not all that pleasant to read. Add on one of the stupidest sex scenes I've ever read and I have to chalk this down as an uninteresting failure.
Besides, the definite statement of the battle between author and reviewer was written over 200 years ago by Matthew Gregory Lewis...
"An author, whether good or bad, or between both, is an animal whom everybody is privileged to attack; For though all are not able to write books, all conceive themselves able to judge them."
...and it hasn't change in all these centuries.
Method Acquired: Purchased